slath·​er | \ ˈsla-t͟hər How to pronounce slather (audio) \

Definition of slather

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a great quantity often used in plural


slathered; slathering\ ˈsla-​t͟hə-​riŋ How to pronounce slathering (audio) , ˈslat͟h-​riŋ \

Definition of slather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to use or spend in a wasteful or lavish manner : squander
2a : to spread thickly or lavishly slathered sunscreen on her skin
b : to spread something thickly or lavishly on slathered her skin with sunscreen

Examples of slather in a Sentence

Verb We ate lobster slathered with butter.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For novices, don’t expect Texas-style chili con carne in a bowl; the Cincinnati version is more akin to a thick sauce to top spaghetti or slather on a hot dog. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Exploring Cincinnati’s culinary scene," 1 Dec. 2019 Moisturize your lips overnight Especially post-exfoliation, slather on a thick lip balm or petroleum jelly to absorb into your lips overnight. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How to Get Kissable Lips," 23 Oct. 2019 To swatch, slather, and swipe all of the amazing (and, well, maybe not so great) products that cross our desks during testing season. Allure, "The 26 Best Beauty Steals of 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 Or a slather of mayonnaise or sweet cream butter simply must be the coat for that cob of corn. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Tips on complementing summer flavors in the kitchen," 23 July 2019 Then slather on a potent hyaluronic serum and a thick overnight mask: I’m rarely seen in the window seat without Sisley’s cooling, jelly-slick gel option. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire Beauty Editors Share Their In-Flight Beauty Routines," 24 July 2019 Drink lots of water, look after pets, stay out of the direct sunlight as much as possible and slather on the sun tan lotion liberally, Direnzo and fellow forecasters said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Denver weather: Sizzling 100 degrees in the city, red flag warnings across Colorado," 18 July 2019 Even better, slather on a favorite moisturizer before pulling on the socks for peak hydration. Rachel Tepper Paley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Make Your Own Business-Class Worthy Dopp Kit," 20 June 2019 And as always, slather on sunscreen before heading outdoors to avoid sunburn. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Woman’s blistering 'margarita burn' a warning about the popular summer drink," 5 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The poached egg cradled in the heart of a plate of salade aux lardons mixes, when broken, with the drippings of crisp, thick lardons to slather the greens with an impromptu vinaigrette. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "3 new metro Phoenix restaurants to try in January for tacos, Hawaiian BBQ and French fare," 3 Jan. 2020 The Jaguars’ firing of Tom Coughlin this past week is slathered in irony., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 22 Dec. 2019 The last thing most skin needs is to be slathered in yet another skin care product. Jessica L. Yarbrough, Harper's BAZAAR, "Should You Oil Your Belly Button for Clearer Skin on Your Face?," 11 Dec. 2019 Instead of slathering your skin in expensive creams and serums, try using a humidifier to replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Braelyn Wood,, "The Best-Selling Pure Enrichment Humidifier on Amazon Will Save Your Dry Skin This Winter," 21 Nov. 2019 Each artist’s work employs the impasto technique, in which paint straight from the tube, by paint stick, or by finger is applied, slathered, or encrusted in a technique that makes the application process part of the art. Nancy Shohet West,, "For the birds: Music and poetry honor avian life," 23 Mar. 2018 Rather than sit silently, struggling to hold back the tears as your older children slather their father with attention, consider socializing with them separately as often as possible. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Kids from first marriage shower Dad with attention and snub Mom at family events," 17 Oct. 2019 Rather than sit silently, struggling to hold back the tears as your older children slather their father with attention, consider socializing with them separately as often as possible. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Divorced mother gets cold shoulder at family events," 17 Oct. 2019 Over the two-and-a-half-week camp, residents of AG-6 splashed one another in the swimming pool, sang songs around campfires and slathered themselves in mud and paint before jumping in the lake. Dan Levin, New York Times, "In an All-Gender Cabin, Summer Campers ‘Don’t Have to Hide’," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of slather


1843, in the meaning defined above


1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slather


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“Slather.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slather

: to cover (something) with a thick layer of a liquid, cream, etc.

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